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Old 07-03-09, 03:07 PM
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Can anybody please identify these birds i saw at Pennington Flash (Leigh) Today.
Sorry for keep asking but i am new to birdwatching.I think the last one is a Gadwall.
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The 1st image is a domestic Greylag Goose type, domestic birds sometimes interbreed with true Greylags and this bird is one of the results, the same is true of the 2nd image; the male is a domestic Mallard type bird. Again domestic breeds derived from wild Mallard interbreed and the results can cause some confusion. The female bird in the image could be a luecistic bird (a genetic pigmentation disorder) which would explain the pale colouring, although it probably is a domestic x Mallard cross.

The 3rd photo is a pair of Gadwall so you were correct on that one

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Hi Silverbirder

Don't worry about asking for identification help again, it's a good way to learn and certainly speaking for myself, one of the best things about having knowledge is being able to pass it on to others

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I'll second that! The more you ask the better you get at birdwatching.

I'm glad you are interested enough to post your pictures and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
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Old 07-03-09, 08:38 PM
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Pennington Flash Country Park is a 494 acre country park located between Lowton and Leigh in Greater Manchester, England.

The flash itself is a 173 acres lake, which was created at the turn of the 20th century by coal mining subsidence and flooding. Now an extensive nature reserve with several bird hides and a network of tracks and footpaths, Pennington Flash Country Park is nationally renowned for its birdlife and is a classic example of natural regeneration. A variety of well-maintained paths cater for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Ideal for disabled persons the Flash's hides have ramps for wheelchair access.

One of the premier birdwatching sites in North West England, over 230 bird species have been recorded on site including: Black-faced Bunting, Nightingale, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill and Leach's Storm-petrel.

Here's a link to Pennington Flash Country Park.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...h&z=12&iwloc=A
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